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Chuck Lorre has been writing and producing comedy for TV for over 25 years, from his days on “Roseanne,” “Grace Under Fire” and “Cybill” through today, when he helms “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom” as part of his overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. Here he talks about why he relies on the multicam format, what he’s learned from producing legend Norman Lear, and why he calls “Mom” the hardest but most rewarding job he’s ever had.
You’ve had an impressive string of successes. What’s your secret?
I really believe that the foundation of a good show is characters, and the jokes come second. If you don’t care about the people, it doesn’t really matter what’s on the page. Situation comedy is a misnomer. I think for a long time, the situation has just been life. It doesn’t start with a contrived situation or a joke. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from the Tribeca Film Festival.
New York, NY – March 18, 2016 – The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, announced today that Martin Scorsese’s powerful psychological thriller Taxi Driver will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on April 21 at the 15th edition of the Festival. Starring Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, and Cybill Shepherd, Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and produced by Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, the 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Robert De Niro; and two Golden Globes. One of Time Magazines “all-time 100 Movies,” Taxi Driver was called “a brilliant nightmare,” by the Chicago Sun-Times and praised by the Village Voice as “a phenomenon from another day and age.”
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The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, announced today that Martin Scorsese’s powerful psychological thriller Taxi Driver will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on April 21 at the 15th edition of the Festival. Starring Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, and Cybill Shepherd, Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader and produced by Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, the 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Robert De Niro; and two Golden Globes. One of Time Magazines “all-time 100 Movies,” Taxi Driver was called “a brilliant nightmare,” by the Chicago Sun-Times and praised by the Village Voice as “a phenomenon from another day and age.”
Following the anniversary screening at the Beacon Theatre, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and Paul Schrader will take part in a special conversation moderated by Kent Jones. Tickets will »
- Kellvin Chavez
The screening will take place at the Beacon Theatre and will be followed by a conversation with Scorsese, De Niro, Foster cast member Cybill Shepherd and screenwriter Paul Schrader. Kent Jones will moderate.
The 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards including best picture for Michael and Julia Phillips, best actor for De Niro and supporting actress for Foster. It won the Palme D’or at Cannes; Albert Brooks and Harvey Keitel also starred.
“It’s odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot ‘Taxi Driver’ on the streets of a very different New York City,” Scorsese said. “It was made in a surge of energy, starting with Paul’s one-of-a-kind script, and I was working with an extraordinary group of artistic collaborators »
- Dave McNary
Tribeca Film Festival top brass have set the anniversary screening of Taxi Driver for April 21.
The 1976 drama earned four Oscar nominations including best picture and best actor for Robert De Niro.
“Taxi Driver is one of the most brilliantly disturbing movies ever made, and why I chose to go into film,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and executive chair of Tribeca Enterprises.
“It’s had an indelible impact on pop culture, and its performances rank among the most memorable in cinema. It’s a great honour to have the original cast at the festival and to present this masterpiece to a new generation.”
“It’s odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot Taxi Driver on the streets of a very different New York City,” said Scorsese »
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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster and other key members of the 1976 film Taxi Driver will reunite April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival for a 40th anniversary celebration of the neo-noir classic. Cybill Shepherd and screenwriter Paul Schrader will also take part in the Beacon Theatre festivities, which includes a screening of the film as well as a cast and crew conversation about Taxi Driver moderated by Kent Jones.
"It’s odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot Taxi Driver on the streets of »
proud & overjoyed to get to announce to you today: I'm joining one of the greatest shows ever made.#TheWalkingDead! @WalkingDead_AMC#Twd
— alicia witt (@aliciawitty) February 4, 2016
Witt made her acting debut as a child in 1984’s Dune, and has since appeared in the likes of Mr. Holland’s Opis, Urban Legend, Vanilla Sky, Cybill and Justified. At this point, there’s no details on her character in The Walking Dead, and it’s unclear whether she’ll join the cast for the upcoming second half of season six, or make her debut in season 7.
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The Walking Dead returns to AMC next Sunday, February 14th.
- Gary Collinson
Witt announced the casting on Twitter, though production on the episodes isn't expected to get underway for a few months yet. No word on what chracter she'll play at this point.
The remaining eight episodes of the sixth season have wrapped filming and will return on February 14th. Also today, AMC has released the very first promo for the second season of its spin-off series "Fear The Walking Dead". The season starts off with the heroes taking refuge on Victor's boat, but will they be safe from Walkers?
- Garth Franklin
There's a new face coming to The Walking Dead. E! News has learned Alicia Witt will join AMC's zombie apocalypse drama. "Proud & overjoyed to get to announce to you today: I'm joining one of the greatest shows ever made," she tweeted. "#TheWalkingDead! @WalkingDead_AMC #Twd" Details about her mysterious role are being kept under wraps. Witt, whose other TV roles include Friday Night Lights and Justified, will also appear on Nashville. On the ABC series, she'll play Autumn, a country music star who's paid her dues. Witt shot to fame for her work on Cybill and later popped up on many TV shows including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Two and a Half Men and Ally »
Chuck Lorre, the prolific executive producer and writer behind some of TV’s biggest comedies, will be inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame this April, Variety has learned.
The National Association of Broadcasters will induct Lorre at the 2016 Nab Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 18, in Las Vegas.
Lorre is the co-creator and executive producer of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” TV’s #1 comedy, and the critically-acclaimed “Mom.” He also executive produces “Mike & Molly,” and previously served as co-creator and exec producer of “Two and a Half Men,” one of TV’s longest-running comedies. Lorre’s previous hits included “Cybill,” “Dharma & Greg” and “Grace Under Fire,” and he also served as co-executive producer on “Roseanne.”
“An artist in the prime of his career, Chuck Lorre is a legendary television writer and producer,” said Nab Evp of Television Marcellus Alexander. “His biting wit and memorable characters have become a part »
- Laura Prudom
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